Pandit activist faces threats for speaking reality about ‘The Kashmir Files’

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Kashmiri Pandit social activist, Sunil Pandita who recently spoke against the recently released film, ‘The Kashmir files’ has gone into hiding after Hindu extremists attacked his house in Jagti colony – a housing colony of Kashmiri pandits in Jammu area.

Sunil Pandita said that after his video went viral some Hindutva goons took out a rally and camped outside his house for half an hour abusing him and hurling life threats when he was not at home.

In an interview at an undisclosed location, Sunil said they have been sending him threat messages. He said, he is a Kashmiri Pandit who has seen extreme pressure of exodus, but he will not stop speaking the truth.

Sunil said he has been receiving messages that he will be killed. He said there is a truth to exodus that Kashmiri Pandits have been used by the Bharatiya Janata Party for their political gains. From 1990, the BJP has been playing politics in our name, he said, adding, if BJP wants people to hate Muslims, why does it use Muslims to garner votes in Kashmir.

Maintaining that the BJP workers attacked him, he said, “I have been living a poor life, I have just said what I witnessed. I will speak against the injustice. Only the BJP workers from the Pandit community are supporting the film. Others are being silenced. I know the reality. They are living in well-settled Indian states. I know how Kashmiri Pandits suffered over the years.”

Raising questions on the intent of the film he asked, “Why am I being attacked, Do I not have a right to voice my opinion?”

Sunil said that BJP wants to shut everyone down who speaks against their propaganda. “I have already informed the Police about the goons. They were drunk and threatened my wife constantly. She fainted twice as the goons were threatening her,” he said.

Pertinently, a video of Sunil Pandita being interviewed by BBC and several other media outlets had gone viral on social media. In the video, he said that the film was made to help BJP in 2024 elections in India.—KMS

 

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